About Joint Pain
Chronic joint pain can be caused by many factors, but the most common is osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative arthritis, is a gradual breakdown of cartilage in the joints. Cartilage is a tough, flexible connective tissue that protects the ends of bones in the joints. Osteoarthritis is common in the lower extremities because the hips and knees bear the weight of the body.
Arthritis may be caused by inflammation of the tissue lining the joints. Some signs of inflammation include redness, heat, pain, and swelling. Joints are places where two bones meet, such as your hip or knee. Over time, in some types of arthritis but not in all, the joints involved can become severely damaged.
Osteoarthritis can be painful and debilitating. As it becomes more advanced in the hip or the knee, walking, driving, standing and other daily activities can become difficult. If the condition begins to affect your daily lifestyle, your orthopedic surgeon may recommend joint replacement surgery so you can get back to doing many of the things that you enjoy.